Ragwort

Sunday 16th August 2020, 1.40pm (day 3,279)

Ragwort, 16/8/20

Ragwort, or Jacobaea vulgaris, is one of those plants that demonstrate environmental priorities.  Its bitter leaves are full of alkaloids and poisonous to horses and cattle, so farmers are supposed to keep it under control and there are acts of Parliament that declare it, by law, a ‘noxious weed’. But apparently horses don’t eat it anyway, as it tastes vile.  Meanwhile, it is highly beneficial to pollinating insects: indeed, for some, its their only source of food.  So let that ragwort grow, I say.  This large clump of it currently flourishes in a field above Hurst Road.

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